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PepsiCo fuels trucks with vegetable oil to cut emissions

PepsiCo has announced the expansion of its use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), derived from used cooking oil, across its supply chain. This move is expected to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by an additional 13,000 tonnes by the end of 2024. In collaboration with logistics firm Stobart, PepsiCo will transport Walkers crisps from its Leicester site to retailers using five million litres of HVO, covering over 11 million miles of UK HGV truck journeys this year. HVO fuel generates 85% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional diesel, significantly lowering the environmental impact of these deliveries. Additionally, HVO has already replaced diesel on trucks travelling between the Quaker Oats mill in Cupar and Leicester, as well as routes between British farms and Leicester. Currently, 40% of the transportation used for Walkers crisps is powered by HVO, with PepsiCo's total HVO-fueled miles reaching 14 million this year, resulting in a reduction of over 16,000 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions. Simon Devaney, sustainability director, PepsiCo UK & Ireland, said: “Scaling up our use of HVO-powered trucks to transport our Walkers crisps all over the country is a significant further step in our decarbonisation journey. By continuing to invest in green logistics initiatives with trusted partners, we’re moving even closer to our goal of net zero by 2040.” David Pickering, CEO of Stobart, added: “This important initiative will help Stobart and PepsiCo jointly decarbonise their supply chain service by over 13,000 tonnes of carbon this year alone. We’re now actively working on further initiatives with PepsiCo to continue to accelerate our decarbonisation journey.”

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